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Developing and Supporting Faculty Training for Online Social Work Education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-26 17:03

Johanna Creswell Báez,Matthea Marquart,Rebecca Yae-Eun Chung,Delia Ryan &Kristin Garay, TandF Online

With the growth of online and distance education in social work, faculty training and support need to be provided to ensure high-quality online social work education. A model for training social work educators in online teaching is outlined that focuses on pedagogy, technology, and social work values. Columbia University School of Social Work’s Online Campus provides a five-week Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses for prospective social work instructors. The Institute provides a faculty training model that can be adopted in other social work programs, and seeks to model best practices in online education.

https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ISPBWE4BEUS9JQ9BXUMT/full?target=10.1080%2F08841233.2019.1653419&

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Colleges And Retailers Share A Bloated Past And A Slimmed Down Future

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:25

Michael Horn, Forbes
Many campus leaders unfortunately don’t appear to have received the message that building more facilities is increasingly unsustainable as the fundamental business model underlying significant swaths of higher education breaks and we approach a demographic cliff in 2026 in the country that will send enrollments spiraling downward at many institutions. According to Sightlines’ 2018 report, campuses instead continue to expand with capital investment at an 11-year high despite the overall decline in student enrollment.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2019/10/03/colleges-and-retailers-share-a-bloated-past-and-a-slimmed-down-future/#62a515c05038

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The benefits of online learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:21

Augusta Free Press

Thanks to a rapid advancement in technology over the last few decades, the world has evolved to ensure maximum convenience in the corporate realm, in the world of leisure, and, of course, within the ever-changing realm of education. Nowadays, as a result of the many online learning opportunities available out there, it is possible to further one’s education without ever needing to travel in person to a learning institution, college, or university. Despite not being present in lectures and seminars, online learning, otherwise commonly referred to as ‘distance learning’, provides students with all of the necessary support that they need to succeed, develop their skills, and bolster their careers.

https://augustafreepress.com/the-benefits-of-online-learning/

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Keeping Learners Motivated in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:20

By Grace D’Monte, ATD

Many working adults sign up for online courses to build their skills in their current profession or develop skills for a new profession they wish to pursue. These learners might already be working full-time jobs, so online courses for professional development are usually designed with flexible timing; however, learners face challenges beyond time restraints. The two main challenges that this group faces are feeling isolated due to limited contact with other learners and instructors and feeling detached from the lesson. These challenges often cause learners to feel frustrated and demotivated and may lead them to drop out of a course. So, how can designers of online courses address these issues?

https://www.td.org/insights/keeping-learners-motivated-in-online-courses

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Colleges And Retailers Share A Bloated Past And A Slimmed Down Future

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:10

Michael Horn, Forbes

Many campus leaders unfortunately don’t appear to have received the message that building more facilities is increasingly unsustainable as the fundamental business model underlying significant swaths of higher education breaks and we approach a demographic cliff in 2026 in the country that will send enrollments spiraling downward at many institutions. According to Sightlines’ 2018 report, campuses instead continue to expand with capital investment at an 11-year high despite the overall decline in student enrollment.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2019/10/03/colleges-and-retailers-share-a-bloated-past-and-a-slimmed-down-future/#62a515c05038

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Keeping Learners Motivated in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:05

By Grace D’Monte, ATD

Many working adults sign up for online courses to build their skills in their current profession or develop skills for a new profession they wish to pursue. These learners might already be working full-time jobs, so online courses for professional development are usually designed with flexible timing; however, learners face challenges beyond time restraints. The two main challenges that this group faces are feeling isolated due to limited contact with other learners and instructors and feeling detached from the lesson. These challenges often cause learners to feel frustrated and demotivated and may lead them to drop out of a course. So, how can designers of online courses address these issues?

https://www.td.org/insights/keeping-learners-motivated-in-online-courses

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The benefits of online learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:02

Augusta Free Press

Thanks to a rapid advancement in technology over the last few decades, the world has evolved to ensure maximum convenience in the corporate realm, in the world of leisure, and, of course, within the ever-changing realm of education. Nowadays, as a result of the many online learning opportunities available out there, it is possible to further one’s education without ever needing to travel in person to a learning institution, college, or university. Despite not being present in lectures and seminars, online learning, otherwise commonly referred to as ‘distance learning’, provides students with all of the necessary support that they need to succeed, develop their skills, and bolster their careers.

https://augustafreepress.com/the-benefits-of-online-learning/

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Using Social Media to Help Your Students Tell Their Stories

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-24 17:25

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Students’ familiarity with technology and their love for smartphones and the content they enjoy on them, make social media an obvious choice as a learning tool for students. Thanks to the possibilities of digital storytelling, social media can be incorporated to expose students’ work to a wider audience. It’s exciting and motivating to think that the work you do in the class may, through social media interaction, have an impact far beyond your classroom.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-social-media-to-help-your-students-tell-their-stories/

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-24 17:20

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Now it is selling all the course content developed for those free courses to colleges that want to use the materials in their own campus programs. The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry, has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses. But in a new effort announced Thursday, called Coursera for Campus, the company will begin selling access to its complete library of courseware to any college to use, at around $400 per student.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-04-mooc-pioneer-coursera-tries-a-new-push-selling-courseware-to-colleges

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Navigating the Credential Marketplace: A How-to Guide

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-24 17:15

Credential Engine

The number of both traditional and non-degree credentials is exploding, but as programs proliferate, it becomes more difficult to acquire information about the precise skills and abilities they develop, the pathways they support, and their impact on employment and earnings outcomes. At the same time, today’s economy is in constant flux, bringing changing demands for skills and credentials. To keep up with these changing landscapes, there emerges an obvious need for and value of a common credential description language and a Credential Registry that is updated in real time to ensure that everyone can make informed decisions about education and career pathways. Credential providers, policymakers, employers, and regulatory agencies all have an important role to play in making this a reality

https://credentialengine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Counting-Credentials-How-To-Guide_190925.pdf

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The benefits of online learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-24 17:15

Augusta Free Press

Thanks to a rapid advancement in technology over the last few decades, the world has evolved to ensure maximum convenience in the corporate realm, in the world of leisure, and, of course, within the ever-changing realm of education. Nowadays, as a result of the many online learning opportunities available out there, it is possible to further one’s education without ever needing to travel in person to a learning institution, college, or university. Despite not being present in lectures and seminars, online learning, otherwise commonly referred to as ‘distance learning’, provides students with all of the necessary support that they need to succeed, develop their skills, and bolster their careers.

https://augustafreepress.com/the-benefits-of-online-learning/

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-24 17:05

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Now it is selling all the course content developed for those free courses to colleges that want to use the materials in their own campus programs. The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry, has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses. But in a new effort announced Thursday, called Coursera for Campus, the company will begin selling access to its complete library of courseware to any college to use, at around $400 per student.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-04-mooc-pioneer-coursera-tries-a-new-push-selling-courseware-to-colleges

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Using Social Media to Help Your Students Tell Their Stories

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-24 17:03

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Students’ familiarity with technology and their love for smartphones and the content they enjoy on them, make social media an obvious choice as a learning tool for students. Thanks to the possibilities of digital storytelling, social media can be incorporated to expose students’ work to a wider audience. It’s exciting and motivating to think that the work you do in the class may, through social media interaction, have an impact far beyond your classroom.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-social-media-to-help-your-students-tell-their-stories/

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Navigating the Credential Marketplace: A How-to Guide

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-24 17:02

Credential Engine

The number of both traditional and non-degree credentials is exploding, but as programs proliferate, it becomes more difficult to acquire information about the precise skills and abilities they develop, the pathways they support, and their impact on employment and earnings outcomes. At the same time, today’s economy is in constant flux, bringing changing demands for skills and credentials. To keep up with these changing landscapes, there emerges an obvious need for and value of a common credential description language and a Credential Registry that is updated in real time to ensure that everyone can make informed decisions about education and career pathways. Credential providers, policymakers, employers, and regulatory agencies all have an important role to play in making this a reality

https://credentialengine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Counting-Credentials-How-To-Guide_190925.pdf

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Universities Should Be Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-23 17:25

Diane Mulcahy, Harvard Business Review
How well do universities prepare students to work independently in the Gig Economy? Today’s graduates are joining a workforce where the Gig Economy — including consultants, independent contractors, freelancers, side giggers, and on-demand workers — makes up an estimated 30-40% of the U.S. workforce. They’re also facing an economy in which alternative work arrangements are growing faster than traditional full-time jobs, and are only projected to keep growing. The recent news that the majority of Google’s workforce is made up of independent and temporary workers rather than full-time employees is just one example of the rapid transformation of the corporate workforce.

https://hbr.org/2019/10/universities-should-be-preparing-students-for-the-gig-economy

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Why Higher Education Will Change: Innovation in higher education is not an option. It is essential

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-23 17:20

Steve Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

Higher education needs to find more effective, efficient ways to educate students, without sacrificing rigor or the human interactions and feedback that lie at the heart of a quality education. And it needs to do this while somehow covering the escalating costs of financial aid, student services, technology, and compliance with government mandates. It is not enough to try to protect and preserve the status quo. Trends that are unsustainable inevitably come to an end. But that need not mean that brick-and-mortar institutions need to be replaced by universities in the cloud.  It means that these schools must adapt.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/why-higher-education-will-change?mc_cid=9cfca997f9&mc_eid=879d6835e3

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AI Stats News: 86% Of Consumers Prefer Humans To Chatbots

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-23 17:15

Gil Press, Forbes

Recent surveys, studies, forecasts and other quantitative assessments of the progress of AI, highlighted the growing reluctance of US consumers to chat with chatbots, the growing expectations of AI as a critical business component, and the growing employee skills gap due to the deployment of new technologies. 86% of consumers prefer to interact with a human agent; 71% said they would be less likely to use a brand if it didn’t have human customer service representatives available; only 30% believe that chatbots and virtual assistants make it easier to address customer service issues; only 29% of consumers looking for a quick answer would choose chat over all other channels, down from 50% in 2018, and 40% chose the phone or voice option first [CGS survey of 1,000 US consumers]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2019/10/02/ai-stats-news-86-of-consumers-prefer-to-interact-with-a-human-agent-rather-than-a-chatbot/#5f8180232d3b

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Universities Should Be Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-23 17:10

Diane Mulcahy, Harvard Business Review
How well do universities prepare students to work independently in the Gig Economy? Today’s graduates are joining a workforce where the Gig Economy — including consultants, independent contractors, freelancers, side giggers, and on-demand workers — makes up an estimated 30-40% of the U.S. workforce. They’re also facing an economy in which alternative work arrangements are growing faster than traditional full-time jobs, and are only projected to keep growing. The recent news that the majority of Google’s workforce is made up of independent and temporary workers rather than full-time employees is just one example of the rapid transformation of the corporate workforce.

https://hbr.org/2019/10/universities-should-be-preparing-students-for-the-gig-economy

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Why Higher Education Will Change: Innovation in higher education is not an option. It is essential

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-23 17:05

Steve Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

Higher education needs to find more effective, efficient ways to educate students, without sacrificing rigor or the human interactions and feedback that lie at the heart of a quality education. And it needs to do this while somehow covering the escalating costs of financial aid, student services, technology, and compliance with government mandates. It is not enough to try to protect and preserve the status quo. Trends that are unsustainable inevitably come to an end. But that need not mean that brick-and-mortar institutions need to be replaced by universities in the cloud.  It means that these schools must adapt.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/why-higher-education-will-change?mc_cid=9cfca997f9&mc_eid=879d6835e3

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AI Stats News: 86% Of Consumers Prefer Humans To Chatbots

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-23 17:02

Gil Press, Forbes

Recent surveys, studies, forecasts and other quantitative assessments of the progress of AI, highlighted the growing reluctance of US consumers to chat with chatbots, the growing expectations of AI as a critical business component, and the growing employee skills gap due to the deployment of new technologies. 86% of consumers prefer to interact with a human agent; 71% said they would be less likely to use a brand if it didn’t have human customer service representatives available; only 30% believe that chatbots and virtual assistants make it easier to address customer service issues; only 29% of consumers looking for a quick answer would choose chat over all other channels, down from 50% in 2018, and 40% chose the phone or voice option first [CGS survey of 1,000 US consumers]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2019/10/02/ai-stats-news-86-of-consumers-prefer-to-interact-with-a-human-agent-rather-than-a-chatbot/#5f8180232d3b

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